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Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Mike Geary, author of Truth About Abs changes things up a little bit in this one. Here’s a quick quiz for you to test your knowledge about what your healthier choices are when planning your breakfast or lunch, or grabbing your meals on the go. See how you rate:

QUICK NUTRITION QUIZ – How do Your Breakfast and Lunch Food Choices Stand Up to the Test?

by Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer
Which is a healthier meal choice for breakfast?

Meal #1: a low-fat blueberry muffin and an orange juice
Meal #2: a cheese omelet with Canadian bacon and a grapefruit

Meal #2 is the winner by a landslide! First of all, Meal #1 is about 95% carbohydrates; and quick digesting, insulin spiking carbs at that. Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against carbs, and I have a whole lot against all of the bull-crap extreme low-carb fad diets that are so popular (and worthless) these days. Meal #1 is bad because you need to strike a much better balance of carbs, protein, and fats.

Meal #1 will be sure to promote fat storage via the insulin surge you would get from this meal, and would also leave you starving again about an hour later. Meal #2, on the other hand, provides a diversity of vitamins, minerals, and trace nutrients, as well as an excellent balance of quality protein, healthy carbs, and necessary fats to keep your appetite satisfied and body and mind functioning properly.

Which is a healthier meal choice for lunch?

Meal #1: a tossed salad with breaded chicken breast
Meal #2: a roast beef and swiss sandwich with tomato on whole grain bread

At first glance, it might seem to be a toss up. The seemingly healthy word “salad” might even fool you into believing that meal #1 is healthier. Well, meal #2 is the easy winner here. Why?

Well, because of the word “breaded” in front of the chicken breast in meal #1. “Breaded” almost always means deep fried in deadly artery clogging, belly fattening hydrogenated oils (trans fats), which have been implicated recently as THE main culprit in heart disease and many other degenerative diseases. Unless the breaded chicken specifically says “baked” or you baked it yourself, you can guarantee that it is deep fried in nasty hydrogenated oils.

If you understood the full story about what these artificially produced industrial trans fats do to you internally, you would never even be able to take another bite of something deep fried. On the other hand, meal #2 is made up of wholesome nourishing real food – real meat, real cheese, real tomato, real grains; no industrially produced oil artificially altered under high heat, high pressure, flushed with hexane solvents, deodorants, and bleaching chemicals like the oil that is soaked into that breaded chicken breast.

I hope you enjoyed these quizzes and hopefully they will help you to make more informed and healthier food decisions.

For more detailed information on meal balancing, the insulin process, healthy fats, healthy carbs, problems with trans fats, and other nutritional strategies that will make you lean and mean, grab a copy of my internationally best-selling book The Truth About Six Pack Abs.

I have also written a review for Truth About Abs (just because I think it’s an awesome book), and I have a special bonus offer going out to anyone who purchases the book there. If you are interested in the offer, definitely check me out here Truth About Abs Truth.


Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Like I keep saying, Mike Geary, author of Truth About Abs, is a huge source of awesome information, not only about working out, but about nutrition too. Here’s a little well-kept secret that those of us in the know have known about for a while. Antioxidants… Mike gives us the low-down on antioxidants, and their place in YOUR nutrition plan. A must read:

Antioxidants – One of the Secrets to a Youthful Appearance, Anti-Aging, Disease Prevention, and a Leaner, Stronger, Healthier Body!
by Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer

I’m sure by now you’ve heard all about the amazing health benefits of antioxidant rich foods in your diet. Not only do these free-radical fighting antioxidants help you look and feel younger by slowing down the aging process, but they can also help to prevent cancer, heart disease, and loads of other degenerative diseases.

But that’s not all. Antioxidants also help you to recover better from exercise… and that means you can build more muscle and burn more fat in the long term!

And although we all want to be healthy and feel youthful… most of us also want to look good!

The function that antioxidants play in aiding your recovery from exercise is the inhibition of free radicals produced during exercise.  Any time you workout, free radicals are produced in the body that can create inflammation.  Having an adequate supply of antioxidants about an hour or so before your workout can greatly reduce the damage caused by free radicals, hence, improving your muscular recovery from exercise.

Some of the most potent sources of whole food antioxidants are berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cranberries), cherries, acai fruit, various teas (green tea, white tea, black tea, yerba mate, oolong tea, chammomile tea, red tea – a.k.a. rooibos tea), nuts, seeds, red and black beans, purple potatoes, grapes, red wine, cinnamon, nuts and seeds, coffee, dark chocolate or cocoa, and tons of other fruits and vegetables.

My favorite pre-workout antioxidant-loaded snack is a piece of whole grain toast with almond butter, a small amount of blackberry jam, and topped with a pile of fresh blueberries or sliced strawberries.  I wash it down with a glass of iced green tea or rooibos tea sweetened with just a small bit (about a teaspoon) of raw honey.  This is literally a quintuple-whammy of potent anti-oxidants!

The almond butter, blackberries, blueberries, raw honey, and the green or rooibos tea are all loaded with different varieties of muscle protecting, youth promoting antioxidants.  I throw down this snack about an hour before my training. Give it a try for yourself, or be creative and come up with your own antioxidant-rich pre-workout snack based on your tastes.

Remember, your body is continually bombarded every day by free radicals (creating oxidative stress) from exercise, air pollution, smoke, sun exposure, junk food, exposure to chemicals, etc. To reap the full benefits of antioxidants, try to make sure that every meal and snack you eat has at least one or two sources of antioxidant rich foods. This will give you a continuous supply of antioxidants throughout every day to prevent the damage and aging that result from the free radicals you are constantly exposed to.

I recently helped design a very powerful and synergistic antioxidant blend supplement. Although I typically don’t recommend many supplements (because 95% of them are usually bogus), the 2 supplements I do recommend are a good antioxidant blend and a Krill oil (which is even more powerful than fish oil).

This antioxidant blend contains a powerful blend of some of the most potent antioxidants on the planet such as:

  • pomegranate
  • acai berry
  • coffeeberry
  • green tea
  • wolfberry
  • and biovin grape (same antioxidants as red wine)

You can try this potent antioxidant blend for yourself at this site:

Antioxidants are just one piece to the puzzle of a healthy diet that will give you the lean, muscular, youthful (can help slow aging markers), and disease free body that everyone wants.

To discover the secrets behind all of the other pieces to the diet puzzle that help to create a lean strong healthy body (macronutrients, glycemic response, hormonal response, glycogen storage, muscle protein synthesis, the role of the hormone leptin in your fat loss, blood sugar proesses, the insulin process, etc.), don’t forget to get your copy of my world-wide best selling fat loss program for lean abs – The Truth about Six Pack Abs

I have also written a review for Truth About Abs (just because I think it’s an awesome book), and I have a special bonus offer going out to anyone who purchases the book there. If you are interested in the offer, definitely check me out here Truth About Abs Truth.


Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Welcome Back!! As I mentioned last time, if you’ve been visiting here much at all, you’ll know by now that Mike Geary writes a lot of really great and helpful articles as well as having written the awesome book The Truth About Six Pack Abs. You also know that what I’m doing here is creating a one-stop shop for all things Mike Geary and Truth About Abs, by reprinting many (maybe all) of his articles so you don’t have to go searching them out yourself on his many articling sites. So, here we go again!!:

Ok, let’s get out of the grocery store for a minute here, shall we? Let’s move on to some hocus pocus, mumbo jumbo magic stuff… MIND CONTROL!! Actually, what Mike is about to let us in on here is the NUMBER ONE SECRET to getting in shape… and it’s all in the mind … BELIEVE IT!! As in “Believe it, see it, and it’s YOURS” … and THAT, my friend, you really CAN believe. Read on for all the details!!!

The Ultimate Secret of Mind Control and Motivation to Achieve the Exact Body Shape You Want
by Mike Geary – Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist

I ask you to have an open mind and accept some ideas I’m going to throw at you today. If you can take full grasp of these ideas, take my word that this will be the most powerful secret you’ve ever discovered for attaining the exact body that you desire.

I’m basically going to take the concepts from the hit movie “The Secret” and show you how to apply it towards your fitness goals.

Keep in mind that this “ultimate secret” has nothing to do with our normal discussions of reps and sets. It has nothing to do with calories or fat or protein. It has nothing to do with cardio training or abs exercises. But once you discover the “Secret”, you will be on your way to the body of your dreams, or any other goals that you have in your life, for that matter.

Elite athletes have practiced the “Secret”. Champion bodybuilders have practiced the “Secret”. Virtually all of the most influential, powerful, wealthiest, and happiest people throughout history have either knowingly or not, practiced the “Secret”. Some didn’t even realize that they knew the “Secret”, but applying its power is the sole reason for their success. In today’s discussion, I’m simply putting a little twist on this “Secret” and applying it to your fitness goals. But in reality, it works for any of your goals and desires in life.

Before I reveal the “Secret”, I want to ask you a few questions today and I want you to answer the questions that are appropriate to your goals. I want you to be honest with yourself. If you discover that you have not accomplished your goals related to these questions, pay close attention, because I’m going to reveal to you how you can change this immediately and be on the path to achieving whatever it is that you want in life.

Do you currently have the body that you want?
Do you feel full of energy every single day?
Do you feel strong, confident, and proud of your body?
Do you feel that you have no physical limitation to be able to do whatever you want to do in life?
Do you want to be thinner?
Do you want more muscle?
Do you want sexy flat abs or a tighter butt?

The answers to these questions will be vastly different for everyone. Not everyone wants the same things. Not everyone has the same goals.

But the most important thing to realize, is that ANY of your goals can be achieved, no matter who you are, if you understand and APPLY the “Secret”. Alright, enough of the build-up. What exactly is the “Secret”? Drum roll please…..

The “Secret” lies within your mind and revolves around the powerful Law of Attraction. What you focus on becomes your reality. To put this another way, “What you resist, persists. Whatever you are feeling and thinking is a perfect reflection of what you will become”.

In other words, if all you ever focus on is how frustrated you are that you can never lose weight or get rid of that belly fat, then you are doomed to a flabby body forever, because you are actually creating that reality. On the other hand, if you focus on your successes with every ounce of your being, every single day, and continually feel in your mind what your dream body is going to be like, you will create that reality. The key point is that your thoughts and feelings must revolve around already having the body that you want. You must actually imagine daily that you are already living in your new body.

If you’re closed-minded, at this point in reading this article, you will probably say something like, “what is all of this gobbly-gook crap this idiot is talking about”. And then you will click away to another site, go back to your daily life, and continue to be frustrated by failing to achieve the body you want for the rest of your life.

On the other hand, if you’re open minded, and truly want to succeed, you will continue to read, absorb, and start to apply the “Secret”, and watch your body slowly become exactly what you want it to become.

I’ve discovered the “Secret” a couple years ago and how to apply this towards my other goals in life aside from fitness.

However, I also realized that the reason I’ve been successful with my fitness goals is that I’ve been unknowingly applying the “Secret” towards my fitness goals for many, many years now. I have always visualized exactly how I wanted my body to look, how energized I wanted to feel day in and day out, how strong and confident I wanted to feel. These visualizations led me on a constant mission to take massive daily ACTION towards exactly what I wanted.

So how do you get the exact body you want? Well, the first thing I want you to realize is that how you feel today and the body that you see in the mirror today is actually a combined result of how you have lived your life in the past… the habits, thoughts, and actions that you have taken throughout every single day that has preceded today. If your past has not given you the body you want today, the energy you want, the powerful feeling of health that you want, then you need to change your mindset and start taking immediate and massive action towards exactly what you want.

You need to visualize yourself living in that desired lean, strong body… feel the energy, vitality, and strength running through every inch of you. Imagine the confidence you feel. If you want it bad enough, you WILL achieve it, but it takes a BURNING DESIRE to succeed.

You need to keep running through this imagining process, and actually capture this “feeling” every single day, until the day comes that you realize that you have achieved your goals. If you practice this enough, you will attract into your life exactly what you want. Again, if all you focus on is your failures, and continue to think negatively, you will only attract more failures and negativity into your life.

Amazing things and amazing people have been coming into my life ever since I discovered the “Secret”. If you have an open mind and focus your entire being on what you want, it WILL come into your life. It starts with the mindset, and your journey towards your goals continues from there with massive action taken on a daily basis toward your goals. Once you get this process right, you CAN’T fail.

I will leave you with one more powerful quote that has totally transformed the way I think about what I can achieve in life:

“Whether you THINK that you can or can’t do something, either way, you are right”.

Read that one again, and believe it! It is a powerful shift in mindset that will change your life.

I want you to do me a favor and read this entire article over again and really start thinking about how you can apply it towards your goals. They don’t even have to be fitness goals. It can really be anything that you want to achieve.

Once you’ve got your mind in the right place, you are now ready to take massive action towards your goals starting now! Getting back to your fitness goals… If your goals revolve at all around losing body fat, tightening up your entire body, and creating an energy filled lifestyle, then a great place to get all of the information you need to achieve this and start taking action is in my Truth about Six Pack Abs book.

By the way, this book does not simply revolve around abs exercises. To be honest, the abs exercises are the LEAST important part of the book. The most important parts of the book are carrying out the nutritional program and compiling all of the training information into a full body training program to stimulate your metabolism and create the right hormonal environment in your body that removes body fat consistently.

Combining a fool-proof training and nutrition program such as this with the proper mindset and application of the “Secret”, will give you a very powerful solution to the lean-body that you desire.

The solution is here – The Truth about Six Pack Abs

All that stands now between you and your goals is getting your mindset right, and taking action!

I hope this article has given you some things to think about. I urge you to have an open mind and allow yourself to attract what you want into your life.

Please feel free to copy/paste and email the link to this page to any of your friends and family that you think will enjoy it.

Til next newsletter,
Don’t be lazy… be lean.

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer
Founder –

I have also written a review for Truth About Abs (just because I think it’s an awesome book), and I have a special bonus offer going out to anyone who purchases the book there. If you are interested in the offer, definitely check me out here Truth About Abs Truth.

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